The total lunar eclipse will take place on Sunday evening.

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — There will be a show in the sky over Brazos Valley on Sunday night, and it won’t cost you a penny. The first total lunar eclipse of 2022 will be visible for much of the Lower 48 and North America. As the eclipse occurs, the moon will be dyed red as the Earth casts a shadow for approximately one hour and twenty-five minutes.

THE SUPER BLOOD MOON FLOWER

This moon will receive a separate title because:

  • Super: This is a “super moon”: it is closer to Earth’s orbit when it is a full moon, which means it will look a bit larger than the normal. Although a supermoon by definition, it will be the furthest of its kind this year at 225,015 miles from Earth.
  • Flower: The May Full Moon is called the “Flower Moon” due to the flowering of flowers that occurs in the spring
  • Blood: Earth’s shadow on the moon (from our perspective) gives it a red tint/color

HOW TO SEE IT?

Go out on Sunday and look to the sky east-southeast. As the event occurs, the moon will move from this point on the horizon to the southeastern sky where the event occurs, then high in the southern sky when the event ends . Here are the key moments to note for viewing:

  • Moonrise: 7:57 p.m. Orientation: east-southeast
  • Beginning of the partial eclipse: 9:59 p.m. Look: southeast
  • Beginning of the total eclipse: 10:29 p.m. Look: southeast
  • Maximum lunar eclipse: 11:11 p.m. Orientation: south-southeast
  • End of the total lunar eclipse: 11:54 p.m. Look: south
  • End of partial lunar eclipse: 00:23 (Monday) Look: south

WHAT IS A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE?

Eclipses occur when one object blocks another. In this case, the Earth will pass between the sun and the moon. Although you might think this would make the moon sink, some sunlight bypasses Earth and scatters towards the moon. This scattering of light through our atmosphere causes the moon to turn a blood red color. For a total eclipse, the sun, earth, and full moon must all be aligned.

LUNAR ECLIPSE FACTS TO MAKE YOU SAY “WOW”

  • The moon will appear 7% bigger than average because it is close to perigee (the point in the moon’s orbit closest to Earth
  • The temperature variations on the moon are very spectacular, of the order of 500° Fahrenheitbright full sun to dark shade
  • All phases of a lunar eclipse are safely visiblewith the naked eye and with an unfiltered telescope
  • Capturing the moon with a camera is not an easy task. Here are 10 NASA suggestions for making the most of a moonlit night

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